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MICK McCarthy admitted Albion's late leveller made him feel ''lousy''.

The Wolves boss also refused to blame Wayne Hennessey for Carlos Vela's stoppage-time strike.

"Of course it's a disappointing end to the game, I'm not going to deny that and I feel a little bit lousy about how it finished," he said.

"It will feel like a win for them but our performance was very good and we've just made a mistake at the end.

"I haven't seen the goal back yet as to whether Wayne will feel he should have hung on to it but it's a bobbly old pitch and it's come through a lot of legs.

"He might feel he could have hung on to it because he's a top goalkeeper.

"But Wayne has been fabulous for us recently anyway and if it is a mistake then he'll be back to his best and looking for a clean sheet next week.

"I think we should have got a block on the original shot."

McCarthy added: "Overall, the performance was good. We had a really good spell at the start of the second half and could have had a second but then we let them back into it.

"We gave the ball away and it ended up as a corner and after that they had about four corners from it and built a head of steam up.

"The crowd got up and they put us under some real pressure and that changed the course of the game from a time when we'd been as comfortable as at any point during the game."

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Date:Feb 21, 2011
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